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Agatha Raisin and The Wizard of Evesham
Agatha Raisin Series #8

by M C Beaton

      When Agatha Raisin spots a gray hair, she is desperate to do something about it. Somebody recommends Mr. John; a hairdresser in nearby Evesham and Agatha finds that he is a wizard with hair. He is also handsome and keen on getting to know her better, but why? When she sees two women hurrying away in fear, she starts to suspect that he might also be a blackmailer, and his untimely demise seems to signal that her suspicions might be true. It is time to play sleuth again!

Another enjoyable addition to this much-loved satirical series, and once again I marvel that each book manages to contain many of the same ingredients but still be refreshingly different. Ms. Beaton has some hilarious things to say to Evesham, about the perennial perils of eating out, going to the hairdressers and village life. James is absent, so enter Sir Charles Fraith as another suitor who views Agatha as a pleasant time-filler in between managing his estate and looking for somebody more his age to marry. As ever, there is also an engaging whodunit to enjoy which I did guess this time (not as tortuous as some of the others) and the usual admirably pithy pacing, although I found no actual surprises this time. This isn't one of the strongest entries in the series, but with a series this good, all the entries are strong. Highly recommended.

The Book

Constable (Constable & Robinson)
27 April 2006
ISBN-13: 9781845293208
ISBN-10: 1845293207
Contemporary Crime [Gloucestershire, UK]
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The Reviewer

Rachel A Hyde
Reviewed 2006
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